A GILDED CAGE
She was only fourteen when she arrived at Versailles; she fell to the French Revolution at 37. Kirsten Dunst was photographed at the peristyle of the Grand Trianon at the Château de Versailles in a corseted pink-and-dove taffeta-and-chiffon ball gown by Alexander McQueen.
Louis XVI, played by Jason Schwartzman (at rear), and his wife (Dunst, in pale blue) hold court at a late-night gambling party. The queen's lover, Axel von Fersen (played by Jamie Dornan, front left), watches longingly from afar. Shot in Paris at the Centre des Archives Nationales, Hôtel de Soubise—where many of the movie's interiors were filmed. The sumptuous costumes were created by Milena Canonero and the wigs by Rocchetti. Set design by Jean Hughes de Chatillon.
The stars stroll in the Hall of Mirrors. This Vogue shoot was the first authorized by the Château de Versailles in 25 years.
For seven years, their marriage was unconsummated. Instead, the queen found satisfaction in creating an exquisite appearance. Here, in the park at Versailles, the couple returns home after attending a masked ball in Paris with her clique, the Private Society.
Louis and Marie Antoinette were young, lonely, and thrown together by fate. "I think they ached for each other," Schwartzman says. Here, the couple looks out over the palace's parterre and the Fountain of Latona.
Fashion Editor: Grace Coddington
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